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  • Summary: Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. An entirely new gameplay mode which supports 2-player co-operative play online that is unique from the single player storyModern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. An entirely new gameplay mode which supports 2-player co-operative play online that is unique from the single player story campaign. Special Ops pits players into a gauntlet of time-trial and objective-based missions. Rank-up as players unlock new Special Ops missions, each more difficult. Missions include highlights from the single player campaign, fan favorites from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and all new, exclusive missions. Setting a new bar for online multiplayer, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer delivers new capabilities, customization, gamestates and modes, including: Create-a-Class Evolved. Secondary Weapons - Machine Pistols, Shotguns, Handguns, Launchers. Riot Shields. Equipment - Throwing Knives, Blast Shield, Tactical Insertion. Perk Upgrades. Bling (Dual Attachments). Customizable Killstreaks - AC130, Sentry Gun, Predator Missile, Counter-UAV, Care Package. Accolades (Post match reports). [Activision] Expand
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  1. 100
    Modern Warfare 2 crosses into the must-have category of video games effortlessly. It offers an unmatched shooter experience, a compelling story mode, a slick package of mini missions and a multiplayer which is pretty much unparalleled in depth.
  2. What impresses me so much about this game is not only that it has a tremendous amount of hype surrounding it which it does, but that it delivers even through all of that.
  3. Multiplayer is fast, frantic and as exciting as ever.
  4. 94
    This game has so many standout moments of such immersive power, there really is no other experience out there to touch Modern Warfare 2’s controlled and entertaining pandemonium. Infinty Ward has skill, panache and big, hanging balls that clang as loud as Big Ben, so much so a the bar has been raised with Modern Warfare 2.
  5. It looks better, it plays better, the story is more intense and the multiplayer is more inviting. And with the inclusion of SpecOps, the longevity of this game is sure to have increased as well.
  6. Modern Warfare 2 ticks all of the right boxes: varied gameplay, immersive story, engaging gunplay, superb multiplayer, and the list goes on... If we're being really nitpicky, then we might suggest that there aren't many innovative features in the game. However, MW2's Spec Ops mode is fresh enough to ensure that the overall package isn't a stale one, while the long-term appeal of adversarial multiplayer will stretch out until the next Infinity Ward release with ease.
  7. The single player stages are much too linear, the co-op missions are reused from the single player campaign, and the main multiplayer deathmatch style modes are very unbalanced, especially for new players. But like Uncharted 2, MW2 is like an insane action packed movie that you can participate in… too bad the game’s heavy use of scripted events make the player feel like they have do not have any control regarding the out come of the final experience.

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  1. DaveL.
    Nov 10, 2009
    10
    The single player is short but intense. I would rather have a good short single player with a robust multi-player. The MP aspect of the game The single player is short but intense. I would rather have a good short single player with a robust multi-player. The MP aspect of the game is absolutely mind blowing. It takes everything that was good about the first one and adds to it. I'm sure there are balancing issues that people will complain about but I haven't found any at this point. Spec ops is a ton of fun with a friend. Not too fun single player. This is easily a 10 just based on the value that I will get out of this. Anyone giving lower than an 8 is just a fanboy of Halo, KZ2, UC2, etc. This is a great game that will keep me playing for months and months. Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2011
    10
    i think that this is great and should at least give it a go. 10/10
  3. Aug 19, 2018
    9
    "Modern Warfare 2" is the best "Call of Duty" ever made. A bigger and better game than the first MW, it is the pinnacle of the series. Highly"Modern Warfare 2" is the best "Call of Duty" ever made. A bigger and better game than the first MW, it is the pinnacle of the series. Highly influenced by Michael Bay's "The Rock" and featuring music composed by Hans Zimmer, it resembles a Hollywood action blockbuster. The first time I played the campaign, I was blown away. It possesses the look and testosterone-fueled bombast of Jerry Bruckheimer movies. Of course, the competitive multiplayer is terrific and the new co-op based Spec Ops missions are fantastic. Overall, "Modern Warfare 2" is one of the greatest shooters ever conceived . I would rate it with a 9.5 out of 10. Expand
  4. FPSMaster
    Nov 13, 2009
    8
    Good, fun game, but like every COD title it's over too quickly forcing you to go into multiplayer within 2 days of purchase to extend Good, fun game, but like every COD title it's over too quickly forcing you to go into multiplayer within 2 days of purchase to extend the longetivity of the game. There is the Spec Ops mode which can be fun, but could have been so much better if it were designed like the extra mission after the credits in COD4 where you have A.I. squadmates with you. But Spec Ops seems more tacked on than anything else and that time could have been put to much better use elsewhere in the game. The graphics are good, but this engine is really showing it's age (again) since it's just reusing technology from COD1 from 2003. The multiplayer is exactly like COD4 but with more upgrades and the single player is good, although feels disconnected, disjointed and makes no sense and the missions don't really feel military-ish enough compared to other COD games. They feel too alone and rogue-ish if that makes sense. Good game, but overhyped. It's just your standard yearly COD treatment with more production values to make it feel even more like a movie which also makes it feel even more scripted, linear and on-rails than ever before. Flashpoint could have destroyed and dethroned this series easily if Codemasters had foused more on making a great game than stealing peoples money. Expand
  5. TimothyT
    Feb 16, 2010
    6
    The campaign isn't that good, the story doesn't make much sense, the gameplay is very linear, and it doesn't last very long. The campaign isn't that good, the story doesn't make much sense, the gameplay is very linear, and it doesn't last very long. That said, there are some dramatic set pieces and great moments to be had. The multiplayer is very heavy on content, but very light on balance, that's pretty much all there is to it. Spec Ops is an absolute blast when played with a friend, and provides a good, albeit sometimes frustrating challenge. Expand
  6. JimTheClownkilla
    Feb 5, 2010
    4
    I have to give this game a 5 because the single player was absolutely amazing and with spec ops I think it adds to the game length which I have to give this game a 5 because the single player was absolutely amazing and with spec ops I think it adds to the game length which doesn't make the game short at all. On the other hand the multiplayer is completely flawed. For one the spawn system is absolutely not good. Matchmaking is terrible, I'm lvl 70 prestiged 3 times and most of the time Im going against complete noobs at lvl 20 which is no fun at all. I liked mw1 because it was a somewhat realistic which this game lacks. Just the other day a guy was shooting at me so I ran around a steel barrier nonetheless he killed me I watched the killcam he had a vector. Waiting for March the 2nd I'm taking this game back and getting Battlefield 2. Expand
  7. AndrewT.
    Nov 19, 2009
    0
    It's a really good game. Single-player is really similar to Call of Duty 4's. That's not a bad thing but I wish they could It's a really good game. Single-player is really similar to Call of Duty 4's. That's not a bad thing but I wish they could have made it a little better. The online multiplayer is extremely enjoyable. There's so many unlockables and the maps are fun to play. Expand

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